Comedian Louis C.K. has conquered the Emmy Awards in recent years, winning six times in writing categories for comedy and variety. In a shockeroo twist for this year’s races, his new independent show “Horace and Pete” will be entering as a drama. Will Emmy voters embrace this move or wish he was still in the comedy field?
Producers announced the dramatic genre decision on Tuesday. The nine episodes so far range from 30 minutes to 67 minutes in length. Based on a new academy rule implemented last year, one hour programs should be contending as dramas while half hour shows should be comedies. The varying lengths might have offered them the chance to go in either direction, but they selected drama.
The series is only available on the comic’s website louisck.net. Viewers pay a small fee of either two or three dollars (five for the pilot) to watch each episode. The entire production is paid by C.K. and his producers with underwriting from viewers. For that reason, the Emmy campaign is not financed by the big pockets of a corporation but by these same people.
The dark comedy/drama is about a family-owned 100-year-old Brooklyn bar called Horace and Pete’s, now operated by the title characters played by C.K. and Steve Buscemi. It’s an old-fashioned establishment where pricing varies, and no mixed drinks are served.
Awards voters will find quite a few favorites among the cast:
C.K. numbers six Emmy wins from his 37 career nominations. His most recent show “Louie” has been nominated the past three seasons as Best Comedy Series. He will be competing as the show’s lead actor, director, writer, and producer this summer.
Buscemi will appear on the Emmy ballot for Best Drama Actor, potentially against his co-star. He has been nominated twice before (2011, 2012) in this same category for “Boardwalk Empire.” He has a career total of seven nominations with no wins.
Alan Alda plays the foul-mouthed, bigoted bartender Uncle Pete and will be competing for Best Drama Supporting Actor. He has won this category before for “The West Wing” (2006). Out of 34 career nominations his five other victories were all for the comedy classic “M*A*S*H” for acting (1974 twice, 1982), directing (1977), and writing (1979). He is also a member of the TV academy’s hall of fame.
Edie Falco plays Sylvia, sister of the character played by C.K. Three of her past Emmys came for her dramatic work on “The Sopranos” (1999, 2001, 2003). Her fourth from her 13 overall nominations was for her comedic role in “Nurse Jackie” (2010). She will be on the ballot as Best Drama Supporting Actress.
Competing against her will be co-star Jessica Lange who plays Marsha, an aging alcoholic who was the last girlfriend of Horace’s father before he died. The double Oscar champ has received seven career Emmy nominations, all in the movie/miniseries categories. Her three wins were for “Grey Gardens” (2009), “American Horror Story” (2012), and “American Horror Story: Coven” (2014).
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